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Watch: Freddie Burns Found Guilty Of “Reckless” Tip Tackle On Josh Adams

Bath’s Freddie Burns received a red card on Saturday for a dangerous tip tackle on Worcester Warriors’ Josh Adams during the club’s 29-13 victory at the Rec. 

That win lifted Bath up to fifth in the table but they will now be without Burns for the next couple of weeks due to the guilty verdict handed down by an RFU disciplinary panel yesterday.

The incident occurred during the 63rd minute of Saturday’s match where Burns lifted Adams above the horizontal and tackled him to the ground. You can see the tackle below.

Burns pleaded guilty to the charge and will now miss the next three weeks – he will be available to play again on the 31st of October. The panel gave Burns ‘full mitigation’ due to his clear disciplinary record and the fact he apologised to Adams post-match. The tackle was also deemed to be reckless rather than an intentional act of foul play.

The chairman of the panel Gareth Graham said: “The panel heard evidence from the player as to the tackle and concluded that this was a reckless tackle that had, by the player’s own admission, ‘gone wrong’ as opposed to an intentional act of foul play. Given that there was no injury to the Worcester player, the panel found it was a low-end entry point.

“The player accepted the charge in full, apologised immediately on-field and to the Worcester player post-match and has a clear disciplinary record. Therefore the panel gave full mitigation reducing the sanction to three weeks”.

As a result, Burns will miss Bath’s back-to-back Champions Cup fixtures against Benetton Rugby and PRO12 champions, the Scarlets. He will then miss Bath’s home Premiership fixture against Gloucester but he will be available for Bath’s next game against London-Irish in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter